Newcastle’s head coach Steve McCalren has just announced the team for what could be a watershed game today against the in-form Liverpool at St. James’ Park and it looks like he’s made one change from last week – Siem de Jong for Ayoze Perez.
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Siem de Jong; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jamie Sterry, Kevin Mbabu, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez
Kevin Mbabu is on the bench and after Paul Dummett has struggled in the last three games we thought Kevin should have been given a chance at left back, but once again McCalren has stayed with almost the same team that was hammered 5-1 at Crystal Palace last week.
But with hamstring injuries picked up by Mike Williamson and Jamaal Lascelles this week and with Cheick Tiote still out injured with his groin problem – there wasn’t much choice this week for the head coach to make.
It’s good to see Siem de Jong finally get a start – he’s had to wait long enough – that’s for sure.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about the state of the club at the moment and how a good (like today) win can give players confidence:
“Nobody is happy in this football club.” “We’ve lost the last two games and haven’t performed very well.”
“It’s a remarkable turnaround from three weeks ago when we left Bournemouth with smiles on our faces, thinking we had turned the corner.”
“But that’s typical of football. Confidence can be eroded and can go as quickly as it comes.”
“We have to believe that the next game is always an opportunity to build a performance, get a result and if that happens all of a sudden you will see the confidence flooding back.”
“Confidence is very fragile at the moment, but we believe in these players.”
Fans are not expecting much out of this game.
How Will Newcastle Fare Against Liverpool?
- Lose (90%, 5,410 Votes)
- Win (6%, 355 Votes)
- Draw (4%, 214 Votes)
Total Voters: 5,979
We have to admit to having some trepidation on what the score could be today – especially if our lads don’t turn up or disappear during the game.